UPDATE: (Friday, October 9, 2020)

Both The Kemp and The Forum are open to guests Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm.

The Kemp is also open Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.

The grounds at The Kemp are open during all open business hours.

We are currently open to 50% occupancy and are set up for appropriate social distancing requirements. Mask are required in any location where it is impossible to maintain 6 foot social distancing. For classes and camps, students aged 10 and up and all teachers are required to wear masks.

Please monitor our social media pages for the most up-to-date information on our programming content. Links can be found at the bottom of this page.

We provide extensive arts programming and education throughout the year.  From classes to gallery exhibits to special events, our goal is to supports arts and learning in our community.  To see a complete listing of our many programming events, please click the “PROGRAMS” tab above or this link.

CLASSES and CAMPS are open for limited registration.

Scroll with arrows or swipe for a complete list, or click on the Education menu tab above!

OUR CURRENT EXHIBITS ARE NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

(see our Exhibits page for previous and upcoming exhibit listings)

Check out our videos for a look at what we’ve been doing.

Welcome to The Arts Council: one name for two historic and innovative buildings.

The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding area. We are dedicated to raising arts awareness in the region through our community art programming and venues.

The Arts Council is comprised of two historic buildings: The Kemp and The Forum.  Through extensive capital campaigns and broad community support, we have renovated and restored each of these buildings to return them to their former glory and re-purpose each to create viable arts and cultural centers for generations to come. The buildings are official Texas historical and Wichita Falls landmarks.

The Kemp (1300 Lamar Street) was built in 1917 as a public library.  In 1998 the derelict building was leased to the Arts Council and currently the building and grounds house 5 gallery exhibit spaces, three classrooms and an auditorium.

The Forum (2120 Speedway Avenue) began in 1927 as the home of The Woman’s Forum, a women’s social and philanthropic organization. In 2010 the aging building was deeded to the Arts Council. Currently known as “The Forum”, the building helps support the Arts Council’s Performance Arts programming and provides over 12000 square feet of room rental.

Guests, patrons and students from across Texas and Oklahoma come to The Kemp and The Forum to enjoy live entertainment and performances, local and national visual arts exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes.  Both facilities are available to rent, whether for an elegant outdoor wedding, a stand-out theater performance, or an all-day corporate meeting.  Our wide range of facilities across both campuses offer multiple rental options for every vision and budget.

The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls community for 25 years.  In that time, we’ve grown to encompass the heart of arts education in Wichita Falls. Looking forward, our mission is to expand our current platform for visual and performance arts while increasing educational outreach to the community.


For information on our staff, board of trustees, member organizations and more, click on the “About” tab in the menu at the top of the page!

At the Arts Council WF we firmly and passionately believe the arts are vital to the well-being of all people.

We’ve been actively working to make as much arts programming service available as possible, from online interactive classes to our outdoor and indoor gallery exhibits to in-person summer camps. 

As we move forward through this new environment we plan to add more digital and on-site content.  Check back here and on our social media sites for up-to-the-minute updates!

January 19th

The Cowboy True Photo Trail Contest is now open for entries! Photographers (amateur and professional) are encouraged to enter at http://bit.ly/384w2BZ. Cash prizes for adults and kids (grades 3012)! Big thanks to Wichita County Farm Bureau for sponsoring this contest.Attention PHOTOGRAPHERS! 📸The Wichita County Farm Bureau Photo Trail Contest is now open for entries and you can submit your Cowboy Lifestyle/Heritage photos until March 1st. This is open to all adults and students (grades 3-12), professional and amateur. Cash prizes for our first place winners and runner-ups! Enter today at http://bit.ly/384w2BZ. ... See MoreSee Less
Arts Council WF is at The Forum Wichita Falls (Arts Council WF).
Arts Council WF

January 19th

Raised in Hobbs, NM, the beauty and color of nature shows in the tapestries and weavings by local artist, Kathy Smyers. Her designs display traditional Rio Grande style, while incorporating French tapestry techniques. You can find Kathy weaving in her “she-she’d” with her Australian Shepard’s in attendance!Stop by the Galleria at The Forum and view her work that is on display or visit http://bit.ly/3qAn4WR to see it online.Kathy is also instrumental in planning for the annual Cowboy True event, where you can see her work on display as well! ... See MoreSee Less
Arts Council WF is at Martin Luther King Center.
Arts Council WF

January 18th

Today, we are taking a look back to 2017-2018 when we partnered with Assistant Professor at Midwestern State University Jason Bly and his art students, and the Martin Luther King Center at 1100 Smith St., to paint a mural honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The mural was designed with Dr. King’s quote “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” as it’s inspiration. The title of the mural is “MLK: Continuing the Work”. During the unveiling of the mural, we invited the MSU Choir and the Zavala Heritage International Dancers to perform for the people participating in the Green Door lunch offerings, as well as having them perform for the unveiling of the mural. The mural was officially unveiled on January 20, 2018, following the MLK Scholarship and Prayer Breakfast.This mural was funded as part of the Innovation Grants offered by the City of Wichita Falls, Texas Government, under the distribution of the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture. ... See MoreSee Less

January 18th

#MemberMonday Chisholm Trail Art AssociationIn January 2007, a group met together in the old county jail building on the square in Montague for the purpose of identifying area visual artists and finding out what kind of art was being created around the area once known as the Chisholm Trail.The enthusiasm generated from this first meeting led to the formation of the Chisholm Trail Art Association. Made up of artists and art lovers from all walks of life, the group includes photographers, hobbyists, both professional and amateur artists and patrons who are passionate about creating and promoting art.For more information on this group or how to become a member, please visit chisholmtrailartists.com or view their Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/202888789802051/! ... See MoreSee Less

January 16th

We’re flying into a new year and making masks in Studio Saturday! ... See MoreSee Less

January 19th

It's our 24th year!Yes, things will look a little different this coming spring, but we are still able to provide a quality event for our vendors. Whether it be through the traditional physical booth spaces or our brand-new virtual trade show component. You can find the most up-to-date information at https://www.homeandgardenwf.org.The Arts Council WF and MPEC/Spectra are committed to following all current CDC, state, and city guidelines now in place, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will provide all of our vendors with a safe atmosphere and keep plenty of distance between all vendors and guests during the show.In addition to the traditional booth space, we are also offering vendors an opportunity to participate in our virtual trade show - which will feature your "booth" and products or services... all online! ... See MoreSee Less

December 29th

💥 VIRTUAL VENDOR SPECIAL! 💥Arts Alive! Home and Garden Festival will be LIVE and VIRTUAL this year! Vendors can now join us in-person, as well as have a virtual booth that can reach new customers and those customers who prefer to be reached digitally. If you’re a vendor that would like to participate and market your goods or services in a VIRTUAL-ONLY booth, now is the time sign up for a VIRTUAL ONLY booth. Normally, a $475 value, we are offering a VIRTUAL BOOTH option for only $150! • More info, registration and payments can be made online at http://bit.ly/2JrH79B.• Virtual booth fees are non-refundable.• In-person event will happen February 27th & 28th, 2021 at Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall at MPEC.Once you’ve registered, we will provide you with a login and step-by-step instructions to start creating and filling your virtual booth to be ready in time for the show. ... See MoreSee Less

January 19th

Attention PHOTOGRAPHERS! 📸The Wichita County Farm Bureau Photo Trail Contest is now open for entries and you can submit your Cowboy Lifestyle/Heritage photos until March 1st. This is open to all adults and students (grades 3-12), professional and amateur. Cash prizes for our first place winners and runner-ups! Enter today at http://bit.ly/384w2BZ. ... See MoreSee Less

January 12th

The Cowboy True Kid's Art Contest is now open for entries! Big thanks to Capital Farm Credit for their partnership on this contest and all artwork can be submitted directly to them at 5363 Kell Blvd in Wichita Falls. They're even giving out awards in the amounts of $100, $50 and $25 (for First, Second, and Third Places in each category)! ... See MoreSee Less

January 11th

Meet the Wichita Falls Area CattleWomen and learn more about what their organization does! We are lucky to have them as a Member Organization of the Arts Council and have their help during special events like Cowboy True. ... See MoreSee Less

January 7th

Tomorrow (January 8th) is the last day to enter the Kid's Poetry Contest for the 2021 Cowboy True! If you have a child or know of a child who is interested in poetry, this is a great opportunity with a chance to win a cash prize.There is still time to enter our Cowboy True Kid's Poetry Contest! It's open now through January 8th. This would be a fun new project to try over the holiday break!If your child or students have any interest or knowledge in the working cowboy life, or would like to learn more about it, this is a great opportunity.The topic for the poems is “What does ‘cowboy true’ mean to you?” This contest is open to all kids ages 4 – 18. There are CASH PRIZES for the students in first, second and third places! ... See MoreSee Less

December 21st

We want to give our congratulations to the first round of artists that have been juried in for Cowboy True 2021! We cannot wait to see their artwork and exhibits at the event this year and hope you will all come out March 19 & 20 to support them with us. ... See MoreSee Less